Penguins beat Ottawa, 4-1
Monday, October 12, 2009
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
OTTAWA, Ontario -- The Penguins defeated Ottawa, 4-1, at Scotiabank Place tonight for their third consecutive victory.

Milan Michalek gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead at 15:59 of the opening period, tossing a shot past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury from the front of the net to cap a sequence that began when Penguins center Evgeni Malkin was unable to get the puck out of his own zone.

Bill Guerin countered for the Penguins 39 seconds later, as he collected the rebound of his own shot and lunged around Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips to knock it by Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire for his second of the season.

The Penguins took the lead on an own-goal by the Senators at 6:16 of the second, as Ottawa center Steve Kelly backhanded a pass that hit teammate Erik Karlsson and slid into the net. The goal was credited to Tyler Kennedy, his third.

Kennedy picked up No. 4 at 18:02, when he pounded a slap shot past Leclaire from above the right circle.

Craig Adams, who had seven points last season, got assists on both of Kennedy's second-period goals.

Jordan Staal removed any doubt about the outcome by flipping in a Mike Rupp rebound at 9:54 of the third, giving him goals in three consecutive games.

The Penguins (5-1) will close out their four-game road trip Wednesday at Carolina.

Dave Molinari can be reached at DWMolinari@Yahoo.com.